CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Center Partnership has a message for you: Don't be afraid to visit Campustown. Particularly in the summer.
To attract more people, the organization has planned a "new, improved and pumped up" 13 Thursdays, a series of entertainment, activities and shopping promotions in Campustown that will run from Thursday through Aug. 20.
The new wine at Sleepy Creek Vineyards is called Lunacy.
"It's a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh," says co-owner Joe Taylor.
Van Gogh's "The Starry Night" is on the label. The wine has a special story.
"Two years ago there was a drought and a late harvest," Taylor says.
Wine, women and song — Alto Vineyards can promise you the first and last of the three.
With a list of performers as extensive as its wine list, the North Duncan Road vineyard, store and performance space often has good crowds.
There's free wine tasting, wine-related gifts and products that accent the local, says Michele Pieper, the retail manager.
ST. JOSEPH — Tracie Trotter has just finished bottling 300 gallons of elderberry wine, the family specialty that has found a home in St. Joseph.
Some call the elderberry the "Englishman's grape" for its hundreds of years in making a tasty beverage far from the Mediterranean.
"Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the heavens. And grieve not the holy spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice." Ephesians 4:29,30,31
This combination of honey, ginger, bourbon and a variety of other flavors makes a delicious glazed-chicken dinner.
I used it as a pan sauce to cook with boneless, skinless chicken thighs, but I could see using it as a glaze for wings or chicken breast on the grill. If you're cooking for a crowd, double or triple this recipe.
URBANA — Disappointed with the quality of institutional food service, the board that oversees the Champaign County Nursing Home decided two months ago to put out a request for a new vendor.
"But now ye also put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communications out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." Colossians 3:8,9,10